Farm life at Brynyrhydd Farm, Glasbury on Wye.
by George Hughes ( pictured )
I don’t know when my father rented land from Mr Butcher
at Penllan in Glasbury, but I remember helping him to drive sheep
from Brynyrhydd over Glasbury bridge *1
when they were building the new bridge, I suppose from
the age of about seven we had little jobs to do on the farm. I
remember getting the cows in for milking and suckling calves.
We helped to pick stones off the clover field and also did what
we could in the hay harvest, such as turning the swathes of hay
with a hand rake and making it into rows for the men to pitch
onto the wagon. One job I hated was to watch the horses in the
wagon whilst the men had their tea. When the corn harvest started
the binder would cut and bind the corn and straw into sheaves
which we helped to stack with four or six sheaves to a stack.
The binder pulled by horses went around the field, but before
it got to the middle we abandoned the stacking and went to run
the rabbits which were in the uncut corn. Sometimes quite a lot
were caught, but a lot got away. The stacks would be left out
for about a week or ten days and were hauled to the barns where
we helped to put it in the bays in the barn.
Another job in the autumn was following men with hooks trimming
the hedges and cleaning up the hedge trimmings.
Picking cider apples was not a very nice job as it was in the
late autumn and mostly very cold.
We had a lot of spare time which was spent playing and finding
I think the hardest working people on the farm were mother and
Cissy. Mother baked our bread, made butter, did the clothes washing
and dried them on the hedge. Cissy did most of the house cleaning
which was a lot with the size of our family. In winter we used
to help feed the cattle which were in the sheds. We used to help
cut chaffe and pulp Swedes for them.
Researched by Paul Greenow - ( with thanks
to the Hughes family for allowing me to use an extract from their
father’s journal. )
*1 George crossed
the Glasbury Bridge in 1922 when he was seven years old and Cissy
was his half sister. The bridge had just been rebuilt.